My wife and I made our first trip to Vermont for the last Lawson's Farmers Market. We didn't know exactly what to expect, other than from the information Sean posts on his blog and the Beeradvocate forums. We left Western Mass as the sun was coming up around 6:30 AM and arrived in Montpelier around 9:00 only to learn we were #172 in line and would likely miss out on many of the beers brought for the event. I was a little bummed out, but certainly not devastated by any means. I met up with a Beeradvocate friend who had secured some Heady Topper during the week and sold it to me at his cost, what a good guy. Next, we traveled down to Main St and ate at the Skinny Pancake. The crepes were amazing and we really enjoyed it. Then we headed over to the Hunger Mountain Co-op to check out other local VT products. We found a few things and headed back up to the market. We had a really good time checking out the other vendors that were there and purchased a bunch of delicious meat and Vermont products. Since it was still not time for us to pick up the Lawson's bottles we went and got lunch at the Mad Taco. I was really disappointed with that place and sincerely think Chipotle tastes better. Finally got our Lawson's bottles at the market, 8 Double Sunshines and 2 Maple Tripples and were on our way back to Massachusetts. My lovely wife was exhausted and slept most of the way home. We were back by 3:30pm.
This coming Saturday we are at it again, this time with an experience under our belt we have a more coherent plan. Get there as early as possible, get our number, head to the Skinny Pancake for breakfast. I am gonna hurry over to the Co-Op and try to secure some Heady Topper cans, then back to the market at 10 to check out the food vendors and wait our turns for Lawsons bottles. Then on the way home, I have a few thrift stores in mind to hit and check out both in Vermont and Western New Hampshire. I would love to stop at The Worthy Burger in South Royalton, but burgers are not really my love's favorite food, so we shall see if thats in the cards. I will attempt to take some photographs during the trip.
Anyone else making a similar journey?